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Ritenour Schools Collect More than 13,000 Food Items for Families in Need

Ritenour students and staff members are making the holiday season happier for families in need throughout the district after collecting 13,685 nonperishable food items during the annual food drive. 

On Nov. 19, members of the police and public works departments from municipalities throughout the Ritenour School District packed their trucks and flatbeds with hundreds of boxes of food from Ritenour schools and brought them to the Ritenour Co-Care food pantry.

Schools collected nonperishable food and money to purchase turkeys and other holiday foods throughout November for families within their schools who are served by Ritenour Co-Care and the Joint Police Chiefs Christmas Basket Program, which is organized by police chiefs from every municipality in the district.  The food will then be packaged with other items and given to Ritenour families in need during the holiday season. 

Ritenour Middle School (RMS) continued its tradition of being the top Ritenour school for the annual food drive. This year, RMS students and staff collected 3,500 items. Each of the other Ritenour schools also did an outstanding job with donations:

Ritenour Middle School: 3,500 food items
Hoech Middle School: 2,500 food items
Marvin Elementary: 2,309 food items
Wyland Elementary: 1,512 food items
Iveland Elementary: 1,150 food items
Kratz Elementary: 1,101 food items
Ritenour High School: 1,075 food items
Marion Elementary: 325 food items
Buder Elementary: 213 food items